The Central Crossing High School football team would love to have more time to celebrate a win over backyard rival Grove City under normal circumstances, let alone the way the Comets’ 49-48 victory transpired Sept. 8.

Central Crossing rallied from a 15-point, third-quarter deficit, amassed 416 yards of offense and got four touchdowns from Pierre France, including a 6-yard run with 1 minute, 53 seconds to play to give the Comets their first win of the year and their second in as many seasons over the Dawgs.

With crosstown bragging rights secured for another year, the 1-2 Comets had to turn their attention to a game at Reynoldsburg on Friday, Sept. 15.

“This team never got discouraged. I’ve been around teams that might have thrown in the towel, but this team hasn’t done that all year,” coach Trevor White said. “The kids deserved the win and I hope they enjoyed it, but the reality in football and life is you can’t spend too much time feeling good about yourself. Our defense gave up 48 points and our offense turned the ball over for a score. There are things we can continue to correct.”

The Raiders are riding high after a 31-7 rout of Olentangy on Sept. 8 that improved them to 2-1.

Reynoldsburg’s defense has not allowed a touchdown in 11 quarters and held Olentangy to 0-for-5 on fourth-down conversions last. Defensive back Donovan Hines had 8.5 tackles, and Reynoldsburg scored the final 28 points of the game after trailing 7-3 in the first quarter.

Mershawn Rice caught four passes for 155 yards and a touchdown, and Guy Cowans-Wright rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown to lead the offense, which did not commit a turnover.

Offensive lineman Joe Boggs is a Ball State commit. Defensive lineman Elijah Ratliff has committed to Marshall.

“They’re extremely athletic,” White said. “They fly to the ball defensively and get the ball to their playmakers on offense. They’re deep. We’ll have our hands full.”

Central Crossing hopes its offense can reprise what easily was its best night of the season, and the largest comeback in program history after the Comets trailed 35-20 in the third quarter.

Quarterback Ben Bohne completed nine of 19 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown, kicked three extra points and threw for two two-point conversions. Wide receiver Owen Lakso caught five passes for 157 yards, and France had touchdown runs of 5, 6 and 16 yards before his game-winning score.

The Comets are 0-3 all-time against the Raiders, and only one of the games has been close. Reynoldsburg won 55-14 last year, 13-6 in 2003 and 61-0 in 2002, Central Crossing’s inaugural season.

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